Dallas man gets 30 months in prison for pointing laser at helicopter

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A man who aimed a laser pointer at a Dallas police helicopter in January has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, federal officials said.

Kenneth Santodomingo, also known as “Juan Goel Pagan” and “Juan Joel Pagan,” was had pleaded guilty in February to a federal charge of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

He has been in custody since January 28 and was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor in Dallas.

“This young man’s conduct was extraordinarily dangerous and could have had disastrous consequences, which was reflected in the court’s sentence today,” said U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana in a news release.

He had faced a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The helicopter was working about 4 a.m. when the pilot reported that someone on the ground had beamed a green laser at him at least four times, police said. The pilot directed officers on the ground to a home.

Santodomingo answered the officers' knock at the door. He admitted having pointed the laser, saying he wanted to see how far it would go, federal agents said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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